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Are You Hesed?
There is a Hebrew word that appears 250 times in the Old Testament.
The word is hesed.
Hesed is translated by King James in 14 different ways (goodness, kindness, devotion, devout, faithfulness, good, kindly, loveliness, loving-kindness, loyal deeds, loyalty, mercies, righteousness, unchanging love).
Some people say the word is untranslatable.
In essence, Hesed is the unfailing, consistent, ever-faithful, relentless, constantly-pursuing, lavish, extravagant, unrestrained, furious love of our Father God. Hesed means love as God loves. It’s His promise to His people. It is grace extended when it was not deserved. It is based on God, not you.
What I find most fascinating about the word hesed (spelled “chesed”) is that linguistically it is linked to the Hebrew word for “stork.” The word for "stork" in Hebrew is "chasidah.” The "chasidah" means the "pious, faithful, or kindly bird" because of its loving-kindness and devotion to its young. The stork was considered to be the best mother of all the animals.
Do you know there is a love that follows you and will not let you go? Like a loving mamma stork caring for her young, God cares for you.
“Surely goodness and mercy (hesed) shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”-Psalm 23:6
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty professor at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."